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good morning. hermine's revenge. what's left of the tropical storm delivers a one-two punch to the state of texas. causing tornadoes in and around dallas, as well as severe flooding. and this morning she's heading across the plains. al's tracking the storm. change of heart? despite some defiant words -- >> our burning of the koran is to call the attention that something's wrong. something is wrong. >> the pastor at the center of the controversy says a call from
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the white house might make him reconsider. but will the white house pick up the phone? and who dat? the world champion new orleans saints whipped up into a frenzy as we get set to kick off the nfl season live from the beg easy, "today," thursday, nfl season live from the beg easy, "today," thursday, september 9th, 2010. captions paid for by nbc-universal television and welcome to a special split edition of "today" on this thursday morning, i'm meredith vieira in new york. my buddies matt lauer and al roker are in jackson square in the great city of new orleans. matt, i'm already tapping my feet under the desk because it looks like the stage is set for a big bash. >> yeah, you're not the only one tapping your feet. the people down here are ready to explode. this place is going to rock
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tonight. you want to look down at jackson square. a beautiful and historic portion of this great city. we've been here before. but today this place has been turned into a huge tailgating party. that's going to happen later today, as you mention. i'm not here alone. my friend al roker is joining me, as well. al, we've gotten here just in time for the first game of the nfl season. and apparently the humidity festival here. >> absolutely. >> oh, my goodness. but it's air conditioned in the superdome. and good news for the saints fans. last ten years, the super bowl champion has won their home opener. >> like the sound of that, guys? they love that here. they won the super bowl here, meredith, six months ago. they won it six months ago and while they celebrated like crazy, you get the feeling they've been waiting six months to prove it was no fluke. they're going to get that chance tonight against the vikings. if you consider five years ago this city -- and by the way the saints' home the superdome were left in tatters by hurricane katrina. then as everything was being rebuilt, the saints were being
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rebuilt, as well, until culminating with the super bowl championship. a lot of credit goes to a guy named drew brees who is the quarterback here. he is a hero in this city. some people call him brisus. you get the idea. we're going to talk to drew brees a little bit later. and we're going to find out why the nfl is becoming very female friendly. we've got a lot coming up. meredith, back to you. >> looks like a lot of fun. we've also this week taken a trip down to memory lane going back to our first jobs. today it is ann's turn, giving her first job a shot as a baby-sitter taking care of five kids, and their friends. that household may never be the same. first matt has more on that rough weather that is sweeping through the south. matt? >> all right, meredith, really is rough weather. what's left of tropical storm hermine is really making her presence felt in the state next to us here in texas. twisters touched down in and around the city of dallas. that's where the weather channel's julie martin is
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joining us from this morning. julie, good morning to you. what's the latest? >> well, good morning, matt. hermine made for a very wild weather day here in texas, from flash flooding to tornadoes. it really left its mark, and unfortunately, it is not finished just yet. i want to take you now to some images from the evening rush hour last night here in dallas, as twisters just started dropping out of the sky, as many as six funnels reported throughout the area. one of them slicing right through the heart of the city, hitting many buildings, bringing up water mains, and also knocking out power to thousands of people. one of the most impressive images, an 18-wheeler literally picked up, flipped 180 degrees with the driver inside, and slammed into the very building i am standing in front of. that driver, by the way, is doing all right this morning. but before all of that widespread flash flooding throughout the state of texas, some of the worst of it to my west in the city of arlington, where, an apartment complex was basically under water.
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over 50 high-water rescues carried out yesterday. fortunately, everyone doing all right. however, farther downstate, at least two fatalities as people got trapped in their vehicles in the high waters. so, we could see more of the same today, as the system now moves in to oklahoma, missouri and arkansas. what is left of hermine, matt, certainly hanging on. >> all right, julie martin who is in dallas for us this morning. julie marten from the weather channel, of course. thank you very much. al roker back here in new orleans. never got to the point of being a hurricane but boy, hermine did a lot of damage. >> it really did and continues to. let's take a look over the last 24 hours, some areas picking up as much as 16 inches of rain. georgetown, texas, getting almost that lmt. killeen, texas, getting 11. it is now moving through oklahoma into parts of missouri and arkansas and we have flood threats out there. we have flood warnings for parts of eastern oklahoma, western arkansas, and flood watches all
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the way up into illinois. we look for rainfall amounts anywhere from about 2 to 5 inches of rain in that affected area over the next 24 hours. so hermine continues to period out but still doing a lot of damage. >> all right, mr. roker, thank you very much. we'll get your local forecast in just a couple of minutes. right now let's throw it back to meredith in new york. >> matt and al, thank you very much. now let's turn to the raging controversy over one florida church's plan to burn the koran on 9/11. the leader of that church is hinting this morning that he could be talked out of it. nbc's kerry sanders spoke to him. he is in gainesville, florida, this morning with more. kerry, good morning to you. >> reporter: well, good morning, meredith. pastor jones told me that if he got a message from god he might reconsid burning the koran. and now, in an interview with "usa today," he's gone one step further and said that if he got a direct call from the white house, from the state department, from the pentagon, he might also consider backing off. pastor terry jones is the man at
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the center of an international controversy. >> our burning of the koran is to call the attention that something's wrong. that something is wrong. >> reporter: despite pressure from the state department -- >> make this outrageous, and distressful, disgraceful plan. >> reporter: -- and the u.s. military -- >> concern that the images from the burning of the koran would be used in the same way extremists used images from abu ghraib. >> reporter: even calling this weekend's plan burning of the koran, warning on her facebook page, it will feed the fire of caustic rhetoric and appear as nothing more than mean-spirited religious intolerance. pastor genes says he believes he's been told by god to burn the koran. >> it is possibly time for us in a new way to actually stand up,
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confront terrorism. >> reporter: worldwide, in the muslim world, protests are growing. all this triggered by a small church in central florida. the dove world outreach center. the congregation, numbered less than 50. have you read the koran? >> i've only read parts of the koran. >> reporter: tell me a part that you have read that has you and your small congregation out here planning on burning that islamic holy book? >> we are -- we are burning the koran as a demonstration. >> reporter: yeah, i know. but quote something that you read that offends you, that has you concerned. >> well, of course the koran does not recognize jesus christ as god, the son of god, the risen savior, the crucified savior. >> reporter: here in gainesville, christians, muslims and jews have gathered in prayer to try to counteract what they call a message of hate. wednesday on cnn's "larry king live" imam feisel abdul-rauf, the imam leading the effort to build a controversial cultural center near ground zero, called on jones to rethink his plans to
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burn the koran. >> he could say, what would jesus do? jesus taught us to turn the other cheek. jesus taught us to love your enemy. we are not your enemies. >> reporter: for now, pastor jones says he's going forward with his plan to burn the koran. unless god tells him not to. >> well, it's actually not about -- not about me. i don't enjoy doing these things. these things are very stressful, they're very difficult. i'm not used to this type of attention, as you said. i'm a pastor of a small church. so actually it's really not about me. it's about the message. >> reporter: well, there is now increased security in place out in this rural area. the police are jotting down the tag numbers of all the cars that come here, as well as taking the driver's license information from everybody who makes their way here. in addition to that, on saturday, when this koran burning event is planned,
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there's going to be 90,000 people gathering a short distance away at the stadium as the university of south florida takes on the university of florida in a football game, so there will now be increased security there, as well. meredith? >> absolutely. kerry sanders, thank you very much. let's get more on this now from representative peter king of new york who has been a vocal opponent of the plan to build an islamic community center and mosque near ground zero, and the council on american islamic relations. gentlemen, good morning to you both. >> good morning. >> let's start with pastor jones, who plans to burn the koran on 9/11, on september 11th, on this saturday, that if somebody were to call from the white house or the state department or the pentagon, it is something that would not be ignored. so do you believe that someone from the white house, maybe even the president himself, should call this man and encourage him not to burn the koran? i'll start with you? >> first of all, this is insane, it's dangerous, there's absolutely no place in american debate for what this mad man is talking about. my only concern with the president calling him is he
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gives him status, gives him stature. we can have real issues debated here this morning. it has nothing to do with the koran, nothing to do with the new testament, nothing to do with the old testment. we have political, diplomatic issues and it's insanity that a person like this is tying up the country. >> do you think a call should be placed? >> i think if general petraeus said i think american lives will be at stake here, you're going to flip on the switch for radicals and extremists to act, i'd rather save american lives. that would be my perspective. even though he did say a couple of weeks ago that the person he respected was george bush, and they asked him if george bush called would you stop, he said no. i really hope if he had a change of heart we would do something about that. >> what do you think is going to happen if he does go ahead with this? >> well, you know, you never know what triggers psychotics. and i hate to think that people are turned on, you know, just like that flip the switch analogy and someone becomes an extremist and they go from rhetoric to action.
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and that would concern me. in america, and outside of america. you know, we don't want anybody else threatening american lives. and i think that's what's most important to us. >> since this whole controversy erupted we have seen the american flag burned by muslims around the world, we've heard people scream "death to america," but no one, i would say most people do not believe that all muslims hate the u.s. or wish it harm. so why is so much weight and legitimacy given to this pastor and his relatively small congregation? we're talking maybe 50 members. >> i think it's a sign of the times. a person speaks loudly enough and crazy enough the media is going to cover it and people respond. we'll all do ourselves a favor if we ignore him. it adds nothing to the debate, it brings the debate down and brings it to a level where no one wants to be at. >> should the media not cover it, which is what the secretary of state has suggested? >> i think so, personally. i think that you're giving him forum and i think that people never listen to him might think this is not something that's worth his while at the end of the day. an organization called right wing extreme said they initially planned to protect him while he
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does this. and they said that after a lot of praying and thinking they just didn't realize how this would bring people closer to jesus. so some people are saying -- so they backed down last week and maybe it's a little bit too right wing and too extreme for them. >> let's talk about the controversy surrounding the construction of this islamic cultural center near ground zero. last night on cnn, imam feisel abdul-rauf said that had he realized how much controversy this was going to cause he never would have decided to build it there. but at this point he has a responsibility. listen to what he told cnn. >> if we move from that locat n location, the story will be that the radicals have taken over the discourse. >> i know congressman you're opposed to that mosque being put there. but is he right that he would just be fueling the radicals if he moved that cultural center at this point? >> my problem what he's saying, he seems to be equating the 71%
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of americans who oppose this as being radical. he's talking about the radicals who are opposed to the mosque. to me 71% of the american people comparing that to al qaeda or radical elements in the muslim community. that, to me, is a totally wrong equation. and it's, to me, that is -- to me it's like a threat to the united states. he's saying that somehow if this mosque is not approved, that the radical elements of the muslim world are going to be against it. i don't think we have to prove ourselves to anyone. smus limbs in this country as well as catholics and jewish and protestants are treated better than anywhere else in the world. and i would say muslims have more freedom in this country than probably any of their own countries. >> the issue with the public sentiment is when an issue is related to bigotry unfortunately our history has shown that sometimes we're on the wrong side. for example we interred japanese during world war ii, we segregated our military, our schools, and it took on executive order to undo that. we also enslave our fellow americans. when it comes to bigotry we've got to be careful about the
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public sentiment. what's really important is that our public officials and our congressmen have to come out and tell people, this is not what america represents, these are not the ideals that our nation was founded on and we have to be better than that. >> i disagree. why do we say -- what am i saying to the congressman that any way violates american ideals? i have real questions about the muslim in this country. i can tell through are mosques in this country where imams tell their congregation not to cooperate with law enforcement. and as you talk to law enforcement people they will tell you that very sill dom do they get cooperation from the muslim leadership. >> but the imam might say to you as he said on cnn last night, this story broke last december. the front page of "the new york times." nobody complained about it then. it wasn't until about two months ago. people said it's politicians who grabbed onto it for political reasons. even the mayor himself said come november 3rd this won't be an issue anymore. >> it is the midterm elections and people like newt gingrich who equated islam to nazism, we
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need to condemn people like that and say these sentiments are absolutely wrong. if you don't think people are listening to newt gingrich or sarah palin or rick lazio who hasn't talked about anything else and he's running for the governorship of new york state, except for the mosque. he's basically driving all attention and driving the public sentiment again. the development of religious institution which is protected by our constitution. >> we have about 15 seconds. >> i would say that they have an absolute right to build a mosque there. because you have the right doesn't make it right. i think it's a legitimate issue to talk about this mosque. ground zero, 13 story, $100 million edifice where 3,000 americans were killed that day, it's wrong. and i think it's wrong to say it's un-american to raise that issue. >> i think that -- >> free speech is also condition -- >> the federal building. we don't say you can't build any churches around there. >> you know -- >> this is -- >> quite awhile. >> totally unfair comparison. >> why is it unfair?
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>> because the muslim leadership in this country did not cause -- >> let me ask you about that. >> you know, what this is -- this is why this -- gentlemen, i'm going to have to cut it off there. i understand. but my point is this is -- this is why this is such a controversy because it is so heated on both sides, and it's not going to end today or tomorrow. i have to stop it there. thank you so much. >> you're a peacenik. >> let's get the rest of the top stories from ann curry at the news desk. >> good morning, everybody. also in the news this morning, the wildfire burning for a fourth day near boulder, colorado, has become one of the worst in state history. by last night at least 130 homes had been destroyed, say officials, and it's still only 10% contained. still, firefighters are making some progress now, because of light rain and cooler temperatures. officials in detroit are now on the defense about how they responded to tuesday's wind-driven fires that destroyed 85 homes. some residents say that they
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waited 90 minutes for help. but detroit's mayor says there is no way to plan for an event of such magnitude. this morning a large explosion rocked a market in russia's north caucasus killing as many as 15 though that is a preliminary number. a car bomb is expected and in the area mostly orthodox christians have been targeted with violence from a radical islamic insurgency. another suspected u.s. missile strike in pakistan skilled five militants this morning. it is the fourth such attack in the last 24 hours. in a rare interview cuban's fidel castro was candid about his nation's economy. he reportedly told atlantic magazine that his state economic system no longer works and is in need of change. and researchers at the university of utah may be a step closer to helping severely paralyzed patients communicate. they think that they were able to decode brain signals for simple words such as hot, cold and thirsty to determine what a
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patient was trying to say. and in england a very different kind of research, scientists there say that they have dispelled the male dance moves that are most likely to catch a woman's eye. they used a professional dancer to bring the computer model to life, and just for the males in our audience, the finding is women pay more attention to the core body region including the torso and that it's not the speed of the movements, but also the variability of the movement. let's go back to matt. in other words, not to dance like you, matt. >> no, no, exactly. not like our tap dancing prowess of yesterday, ann, thank you for that. let's get a check of the weather now. the
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>> things are pretty quiet here at home. temperatures are in the 50's. going to be a nice afternoon. mix of sunshine and a few clouds.
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>> and of course, it's thursday. we're in new orleans. we're kicking off the nfl, ladies and gentlemen. that's right. it's a big one. we've got the 2010, the 2009 super bowl champion saints versus brett favre and the vikings. it's a domed stadium. who cares about the weather, but if you're standing outside scalping tickets, warm and humid, temperatures in the mid 80s. on nfl kickoff 2010. on nbc. now, back to meredith. >> thank you, al. coming up, reality bites. why one judge calls snooki from "jersey shore" a lindsay lohan wanna-be. first this is "today" on nbc.
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my commute home to the eastern shore every night only takes an hour but that's more time than congress spends reading massive spending bills, it's crazy. that's why i wrote a law that requires 72 hours to read every bill. i read the big bills and i said no. no to the $3 trillion budget, no to the bank bailout, and no to the health care bill. at home you would never pay a bill without reading it neither should congress. i'm frank kratovil and i approve this message because i'm proud to be ranked one of the most independent members of congress. still to come from new orleans we're going to sit down and talk to drew brees about his
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accident in the median. on the out of it, approaching i- as of today, we are getting word of debris. watch for heavy delays in the city at northern parkway n. charles st.. traffic lights out at that intersection. 14 minutes is your drive time here and there is sun glare. 12-minute ride on the out of the top to bottom. -- outer loop top to bottom. there are some delays prior to this. live view of harford, pretty heavy. that delay stretches the belair road. >> good morning, everyone. we were in the 90's yesterday afternoon. we of got away back to the 50's. -- we have dropped all the way back to the 50's. 57 and 8 taneytown.
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little priest could start to kick up over the next few hours as well. -- little breeze could start to kick up over the next few hours as well. sun said at 7:25. beautiful day, on friday. clouds will thicken up on saturday. the remnants of hermine may drift into the mid-atlantic region. we could really use of rain. chance of showers and thunderstorms and high temperatures near 80. low-to-mid-80's, a slight chance for a shower or thunderstorm on tuesday. little touch of autumn out there this morning. >> check the bottom of your screen for updated news and traffic information.
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♪ let's get it started >> 7:30 now on a thursday morning. it's the 9th day of september, 2010. from what i understand a little chilly, actually, up in the big apple this morning. but we've got a nice crowd of people gathered on rockefeller plaza, waving to the people back home. it is anything but chilly here in new orleans. it's hot, it's humid. the big easy getting ready for a huge game tonight, the kickoff to the nfl season. that game between the super bowl champion new orleans saints and the minnesota vikings.
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these two teams got together in the nfc championship game last year, so this is going to be a great match-up. i'm matt lauer here in jackson square in new orleans. meredith's up in studio 1a in new york city. meredith, good morning again. >> yeah, hey, matt. we have a nice crowd here. but you do, as well. >> yeah, this is cool. i got the sensations. these are the new orleans saints cheerleaders behind me here. they're going to be going crazy at the game tonight. they also, by the way, i want to mention, not just a lot of pretty faces. they do great work in the community here in the new orleans area. if you have any idea how big a party this is going to be, they've got a parade planned. they've also got a huge concert planned before the game, dave m performing. take a look down at this beautiful area. and if you don't think this city is excited, take a look at the front page of the paper this morning, you've got drew brees, the mtv of the super bowl saying he wants to start a new
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tradition here right after the coin toss on the game. he wants all the people in the superdome to chant three times, what? >> who dat. who dat. who dat! who ain't gonna beat them saints. >> in case you can't understand. who dat says ain't gonna beat them saints. that's going to be the new tradition here. meredith, i want to show you one other thing. take a look at the sea of black and gold here. right? and then challenge -- excuse me ladies one second. i also want to introduce you to the bravest morning in new orleans in his purple and gold. what's your last name? >> gary. >> give him credit. all right. he's the only guy in a vikings jersey here. your family's from new orleans. >> absolutely. >> but you're here as a minnesota vikings fan. >> i love brett favre. he's a great player for the game. he's a player's player. this beautiful city of new orleans should accept that. he could be a microcosm of the entire country to accept what's going on.
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>> man. anyway, i admire your moxie, all right? i really do. we've got to get some emergency services for this guy. anyway, meredith, an awful lot coming up here from new orleans. back to you. >> all right, matt, thanks very much. and from here, well you know why "jersey shore" star spookty found her face-to-face with a judge on wednesday. he warned her she might be turning into someone else. but we're going to begin with a very serious story out of portland, oregon. today is kyron horman's 8th birthday. the little boy is still nowhere to be found more than three months after he disappeared. nbc's miguel almaguer is in portland with the latest on this story. miguel, good morning to you. >> reporter: meredith, good morning. there will be events to mark kyron's birthday today and this weekend. as you mentioned the little boy turns 8 today, but despite the best effort of investigators, there's been no sign of him since the day he disappeared. for kyron horman's parents, this should have been a day of
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celebration. instead it's an especially painful time in an ongoing nightmare that's already lasted more than three months. >> i can't sleep. nights are restless. all day, the days i'm thinking about still him coming home, his birthday, obviously, what we're going to do. just can't stop thinking about him. >> reporter: kyron's classmates started third grade this week at skyline element school with new video security systems in place to reassure anxious parents. >> they should come to school and get back into their routine and feel comfortable with that. >> reporter: investigators say the case has not yet gone cold, but so far the most extensive search in state history has yielded few clues. no arrests have been made. >> it's hard for us, but we understand the method. they have to make a solid case before they can, you know, make any arrests or anything like that. >> reporter: kyron's parents believe his stepmother, terri horman, is directly involved in the boy's disappearance and says
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her friend edie spicher also knows more than she has revealed. >> cooperate. do what you need to do. come forward. >> reporter: terri horman's lawyer has described the speculation about her as a witch-hunt. through her attorney dede spicher denied any involvement. >> as a woman of two young boys you feel for that family. >> reporter: firefighters and volunteers took down kyron's wall of hope and moved it off campus. but this community hasn't forgotten, and continues to hope for his safe return. >> i have an 8-year-old boy. and it hurts. >> reporter: although the criminal investigation has not led to an arrest, an ongoing grand jury investigation could potentially lead to an indictment say legal experts. but again, meredith, there have been no suspects named in kyron's disappearance. >> miguel almaguer, thank you very much. john walsh whose own son adam was kidnapped and murdered is host of "america's most wanted." his show's 24th season premieres this weekend.
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good morning to you, john. congratulations on that, as well. >> thank you, meredith. >> we're going to get to that in a minute. first i want to talk about kyron horman. as a parent, my heart breaks for his parents to be spending his 8th birthday, first days of school, not knowing where he is. how do you cope in a situation like that? >> well, i think you never give up hope. you look at the success stories like elizabeth smart, who was gone for eight months, and jaycee dugard, who was gone for 18 years, and you always -- >> hope your child is one of those. >> absolutely. one of the few. but one of the ones who come back alive. and police speculate that possibly kyron may be alive. i hope he is. but the main focus is to stay strong and to try to keep your child's name in the media, just as his father is doing by having these birthday parties, and saying, i'm going to register him at school, i'm going to register him with soccer, and ease going to come home. >> so that's the best thing. i know when kyron first went missing it took about a week before they came public and
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since then they've been much more public, and speaking to the media about their son, about -- >> that's the thing that bothers me the most. when adam was missing, we begged the media to cover the case, because he was gone for almost two weeks, and the story started to disappear. i would have stood in times square naked, taken a bullet, traded my life for my son. my parents need the help of the media. most parents know that the media is who helps find missing children. and for the stepmom to decide not to come out and do any interviews, very disturbing. >> well, there have been a lot of suspicions swirling around the stepmom. you've been pretty vocal about that. but she's not even a person of interest, she has not been arrested. so at this point, probably the best thing the police can do is keep the door open to the investigation possible ifblt other people possibly being involved? >> well, absolutely. you have to do a dual investigation. i mean, remember when jessica
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lunsford was missing in florida. it was a level three violent sex offender in a trailer 150 yards away that grabbed her. so there's always the possibility that it could have been a predator, and the stepmom had nothing to do with it. but you have to continue those dual investigations, because the not knowing is what kills you. >> your new season, 24th season, premieres on september 11th. an important day, obviously, in this country, 9/11. what's going to be on the agenda that night? >> we're going to pro-mile an american terrorist. i was the only guy in television that was allowed at ground zero. so it's kind of a look back for me, and this adnan shukra zuma is the heir apparent of khalid shaikh mohammed. you know the guy they waterboarded down in guantanamo bay. this guy was raised in the united states, lived in new york, raised in miramar, florida, and he is the guy who tried to plan the subway bombings. he's the number one terrorist, but he's an american. so, we're looking for that guy
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on september 11th, and hope we get him before he creates another terrible, catastrophic event here in the united states. >> well, you've done an amazing job finding people just like that. john walsh, thank you for everything you've done. good luck with the new season. >> thank you very much, meredith. >> now let's head back to new orleans for a check of the weather from al. >> today's weather is brought to you by children's advil. relief you can trust. >> hey, thanks so much, meredith. we are here in the kitchen of the iconic cafe du monde, opened in 1862. it is open 24/7, except for christmas. the owner burt, thanks for joining us. >> thank you very much. >> so the beignet. why is it so iconic here? you're getting ready to put some fresh ones in here? >> freddy has been here awhile with us. we love freddy, man. >> and it's basically dough, fried in cottonseed oil, which i guess is a neutral flavor, and then powdered sugar. it's pretty simple, but yet it's so -- it so represents this
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city. >> that's exactly what attracted my wife's grandfather into buying the cafe du monde back in 1942. he was a wine seller and you know the different varieties of wine. here it was just coffee, beignets and milk. he said, this is simple. i can deal with this. and he bought the business and the family's been developing it for the last 60-some-odd years. >> you only basically sell one food. and that's the beignet. with powdered sugar on it. >> they're delicious, too. they really are. >> and not at all fattening, meredith. thank you so much. >> oh, thank you for coming by. thank you. >> all righty.y. >> nice, cool start this thursday. 15 degrees cooler than yesterday. it will feel like autumn, w
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>> meredith, look, pillows of dough, floating right there. >> hang in, my thighs are expanding. al, thank you very much. coming up, ann goes back to her first job as a baby-sitter. a family with five kids, and their friends. we'll see how she fared. today? [ girls ] good. ♪ ♪ thank you! ♪ phew! [ ernie ] we make our cookies the way only keebler elves can: with a little something extra.
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and we're back with more of "today kicks off" from new orleans. it was back in august of 2005 that drew brees, then a quarterback for the san diego chargers, watched the destruction of hurricane katrina brought to the city of new orleans. he visited here, he fell in love, and he made a decision that he wanted to be the quarterback of the saints. he probably couldn't imagine that a few short years later the saints would win the super bowl, he'd be the mvp, and he and his son could steal the show. >> the saints are going to do it! >> so many iconic images from the super bowl but i think the image that a lot of people remember, and you know what i'm talking about, after the game when you head balin up to the crowd. he was 1 at the time? >> yeah.
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>> are you looking forward to the day where you can sit down with him and have a meaningful discussion as to what the moment meant to you? >> i can't wait. i can't wait. >> what will you say to him? >> without getting too emotional, it was such a special moment. and i'll just tell him how much that moment meant to me, having him in my arms, and just what a difference he made in my life. you know, all of it, we had been through. you know, in order to get to that point. >> reaching that point started in march of 2006. seven months after hurricane katrina devastated the gulf coast. the people of new orleans were looking to rebuild. and coming off a disappointing season, and major shoulder surgery, so was drew brees. take me back to that time. you've got a decision to make. you've got a contract you can sign and new orleans comes and offers you a deal. but it is the worst time for the city. it would have been fine, a lot of other guys, nobody would have blamed them for turning away and saying, i don't want anything to do with that. that's a city in decline. why you didn't think it was a hopeless situation, not to play
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here, but to live here. >> i really felt like it was a calling. i saw it as an opportunity. to be a part of something that most people don't get a chance to do in their entire lifetime. and that is to be a part of a resurgence of a city, even more so than that, a mind-set. that is no matter what knocks us down, we're going to find a way to come back stronger. >> going back to the super bowl last year, it was one of those few times where i think a sporting event and a sports team rose above the status of sports team and sporting events. and you had to feel as if you were america's home team in that game. because so many people, wanted the people of new orleans, to have a reason to celebrate. in the midst of all the pain. did you feel that? could you sense it? >> we did feel it. we felt like there was a piece of everybody that could idea with what new orleans went through and could see the fact that this went well beyond just the game of football. that this meant so much more to so many people. you know, that just makes you feel like we can accomplish anything.
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>> and drew lived his life according to that philosophy. believing that adversity breeds opportunity. something he writes about in his book, "coming back stronger." you've taken this philosophy of yours and you've put it down on paper in this book and the title itself has a great double meaning. what was your idea in choosing it? >> it's really a mantra. every piece of adversity that i will ever face in my life, and i know that there will be plenty more, that no matter what happens, i'm always going to look at it as what is the positive. i'm going to take that negative, i'm going to turn it into a positive. i'm going to find a way to come back stronger. >> and drew is hoping to do just that as he heads into the new season. good news is you guys are world champions and you were the mvp of the super bowl. the bad news is you guys were world champions and you were the mvp of the super bowl. i mean, it -- how do you repeat that? how do you top that? >> certainly expectations are at an all-time high. and not to take anything away from what we accomplished last year, it was very special. it will link us together
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forever, as a team, city, organization. but, there's always another challenge around the corner. >> and they're going to try to repeat that or even top that starting tonight. you can watch the kickoff event starting at 7:30, and then the game between the saints and the vikings following that right here on nbc. we're going to have much more ahead from new orleans, and new york, on a thursday morning right after these messages. ♪ ♪ [ male announcer ] ever have morning pain slow you down? ♪ introducing bayer am, an extra strength pain reliever with alertness aid, specially formulated to fight morning pain and fatigue. ♪ so get up and get goin'! with new bayer am. the morning pain reliever. ♪ [ sniffs ] morning.
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we are back at 7:50. bad behavior has meant big ratings for mtv's hit show "jersey shore" but the antics of one of the most popular cast members, snooki, landed her in court on wednesday. nbc's jeff rossen has the details. >> hey, meredith. you just like saying snooki. she was arrested back in july, she was drinking, where else, on the jersey shore, and then she stumbled into people. wednesday, just before the judge sentenced her, he gave her a verbal smackdown, calling snooki a lindsay lohan wanna-be.
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on "jersey shore" nicole "snooki" polizzi, lets it all hang out. but on court wednesday she buttoned up, armed with her designer hand bag and her lawyer, snooki was facing 90 days in jail. police in seaside heights arrested snooki in late july. while taping the show "jersey shore" she was drunk on the beach, yelling and stumbling onto people. >> i would definitely like to apologize. when i saw what happened, and everyone told me what happened, very embarrassed. this is not like me. i've never been in this situation before. so i definitely would like to apologize to anybody that i hurt. >> i have concerns about how much of this episode was scripted by your show. i mean, if this was scripted, only you can determine if it's worth trading your dignity for a paycheck. >> it was not scripted.
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>> reporter: and judge damion murray was just getting started, getting even more harsh. >> you seem to be acting like a lindsay lohan wanna-be in this matter. going through life rude, profane, obnoxious, and self-indulgent is not the way you want to live your life. >> reporter: snooki stood there and took it. her lawyer jumped to her defense, saying she's lived a good life, with a love of animals, and charity work. >> this was a bad day. i think we all have those days from time to time, judge. >> reporter: in a plea deal with prosecutors, snooki slipped away without jail time. she pled guilty to a local ordinance called interfering with the enjoyment of the quiet use of the beach by others. her punishment, a $500 fine, and two days of community service. with one day already served at a nearby zoo. >> it's the jersey shore. >> reporter: snooki, forced to give back to the town that made her famous. as part of that plea deal the other charges were dropped. by the way, meredith, late last
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night, lindsay lohan's mother dina weighed in telling us she's disappointed in what the judge said about her daughter. >> all right, jeff rossen. thank you very much. coming up, ann's turn as a baby-sitter. while sunbathing? why not? have you ever climbed a rock wall in the middle of the ocean? or tried something really wild? why not? it's all possible in the nation of why not. royal caribbean's floating nation where you're free to do anything you want. which may be nothing at all. royal caribbean international. visit today. for constipation relief... nothing works better than miralax. it's the one. the one recommended by more doctors. only miralax is clinically proven to relieve constipation with no harsh side effects. miralax is the only one. restore your body's natural rhythm with miralax.
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that area. charles street, and in this city, pedestrian-involved accident. there is no accident in the parksville region. and this delays extensive prior to white marsh towards the 895 split. traffic lights out at the intersection at northern parkway and charles streets. 11-minute ride on the inner loop from 795 towards 83's. at frederick, there are slow spots there. we will switch to a live view of traffic. you can see some of vehicles there. it looks like things are starting to filter out and accident should clear shortly. we get the latest on the forecast from tony. >> a big change for us today. yesterday we were in the 90's. 50s early this morning.
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still a little cool in the northwest suburbs. some of you might want to take a light jacket or sweater. 62 at the airport, 57 degrees in rising sun. sunshine and a few clouds this afternoon and high temperatures in the upper seventies. jeanna degrees cooler than yesterday. sunshine -- 15 degrees cooler than yesterday. sunshine, and hopefully some much-needed rain on saturday and sunday. >> check the bottom of your screen for updated news and screen for updated news and tr everyone knows a fee is a tax. you raised some taxes during that period, particularly the property tax as well as a lot of fee increases. as you know, there's a big difference between fees and taxes. but...they're the same. it's a tax. it's a tax. it's a tax. it's a tax. there's a big difference between fees and taxes. fees and taxes are one in the same. if it comes out of my pocket, it's a tax. now he says it isn't true. we didn't raise taxes. what?
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now let's get down to work. ♪ 8:00 now on this thursday morning, september 9th, 2010, and the sun is shining on new orleans this morning. big day in the big easy, as the super bowl champs, new orleans saints, get the honor of kicking off the nfl season tonight. and my buddies matt lauer and al roker are there. matt, it looks like it's so much fun already. >> got a little noisy here, meredith. i missed that last line. but yeah, we are here in new orleans. in fact, a beautiful morning. a lot of people think football,
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men. men are the only ones who care about football. did you know 41 million american women watched the super bowl last year? and when you go to a football game, about half the people in the stands are women. they're also taking on powerful positions within the nfl, and coming up, we're going to meet a 33-year-old woman who is one of the driving forces behind the new orleans saints, and she is blazing a path for women in the national football league. >> a we also got a chance to get really up close and personal with another new orleans icon, the saint charles street line. i got to learn how to drive one of these babies. i had the time of my life. i don't know how much fun matt had because he was one of the passengers. my dream job coming up a little bit later. >> meredith? >> and i notice you're throwing your support for women by surrounding yourself by cheerleaders. i think that's very special. >> that's what we do. >> exactly. all right, guys, we look forward to it. also, you know, ann curry has traveled all around the world to
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some of the most dangerous places there are. but can she handle five kids and their friends? she tried her hand as a job she used to do as a teenager, baby-sitting. we're going to see how she did, it's all for our first jobs series. but first she has a check of the top stories, so we know she survived it. >> all right, meredith. thank you so much and good morning once again, everybody. in the news, tropical storm hermine is now heading across the plains today after bringing flash floods to texas. the heavy rain on wednesday in central texas forced more than 100 high water rescues. two women who had been trapped in their cars were not reached in time and they died. the storm also spawned several tornadoes, one of which touched down near dallas damaging several buildings. the devastating wildfire in the foothills near boulder, colorado, is now one of the worst in the state's history. more than 135 homes have been destroyed, and four people who refused to leave their homes are now found to have been missing. the fire is only 10% contained. the imam behind a proposed islamic community center and
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mosque near ground zero in new york city is now warning of a possible violent backlash from muslim extremists if the site is changed. imam feisel abdul-rauf told cnn last night that the issue has become so politicized that the headlines in the muslim world will be that islam is under attack. fewer people are dying on the nation's roads. the government says that traffic deaths fell last year to just under 34,000. that's the lowest since 1950. safety experts credit greater use of seat belts, safer cars, and tough enforcement of drunk driving laws. it is now three minutes past the hour. now let's go back to al in new orleans. hey, al. >> hey, thanks a lot, ann. i want to introduce you to a real legend here in new orleans. mr. jerry roenick, 42 years the voice of the saints here in new orleans. jerry, thank you for joining us. >> thank you. >> you know, you have seen the ups and downs, the highs, the lows. tell me what it was like back on september 25th, 2006, when the
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saints came back? >> oh, gosh, we beat atlanta. >> is it -- >> it was wonderful. but anyhow. it was great. to be there. and to come back from katrina. >> yeah. >> just wonder of it. >> now here you are world champions defending your title starting tonight. >> and embarrassed. >> well, it's a lot of emotion. are you going to have -- how are you going to control this emotion when you take the mike tonight? >> oh, i'll do that. i have something for you. >> uh-huh. >> this is a relic, really, of the last -- of the super bowl. what we've done, the committee that's preparing for the super bowl -- next super bowl in new orleans in three years, we've gathered together all kinds of staff edger hunts from the super bowl in miami. diners, tablecloths, whatever,
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and we're turning it into things like -- >> aprons. i'll wear this proudly. thank you very much. jerry roenick, the announcer of the new orleans saints for 42 years. you'll tie that on me? thank you very much. while jerry ties that on -- in fact, jerry and i tied one on last night. >> we are off to a nice, cool start this morning. the temperatures will be about 15 degrees cooler than >> and that's your latest weather. meredith? >> al, thank you very much. coming up next, and ventures in
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in multiple cat homes. purina tidy cats scoop. keep your home smelling like home. back now at 8:10 with more of our special series "today's first job." tuesday matt went back to his paper route, yesterday i went back to the dance studio where i tapped. today it's ann's turn. >> i was 13 years old, taking care of my children. since then i've had two kids of my own, i haven't been a baby-sitter for quite awhile. i decided to see if i still have what it takes. >> the baby-sitter is here. >> hi, mrs. burke. >> hi. >> i'm ann. >> my first job was as a baby-sitter. how many kids do you have? >> we have five altogether. >> five? five. >> i'm the oldest of five kids. me, gene, allen, gordon and lola.
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and i baby-sat them since before i can remember. i have a lot of experience, i know what i'm doing. hi, you guys. so i'm really used to lots of kids. it's the best. >> i they might have a couple friends. >> the greatest number of children i ever watched at one time is four. and that is a handful. but doable. are your friends coming over, aidan? >> five. >> five? >> i feel pretty confident about baby-sitting. i think that it's a good fallback position for me. >> okay. they're allowed to jump like that, aren't they? >> yeah, just be careful. >> you can pretty much throw anything at me. so there are going to be ten children here? >> yes. >> i can handle anything. ten children. no problem. that was close. oh, do you guys try to climb out a lot? oh -- >> bring it on. >> all right. see you guys later. go have some fun together! see how it works like that?
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that's it. well where are they going? i like to give the house back to the parents in the same state that i receive it. hey, you guys, what are you doing? you're not supposed to toilet paper every place in the how. come on, there we go. that's good, aidan. how about that? good job. oh! wrap you up. there you go. somebody's at the door. >> hi. hi. hi. hi. how are you? nothing ever broke. >> oh, no. >> i don't remember any lamps or dishes breaking. i hope that wasn't a favorite plate. if there are a lot of kids be careful because they can gang up on you. hey, wait a minute. i don't want to go swimming.
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you think you're smart. they know how to push your buttons. stop, stop, stop. no. don't do that. okay? believe me, they were exhausting. that's not nice! candy? want a brownie? come on, let's make some brownies. i think that in terms of tricks, maybe they need a little sugar. >> everybody who wants brownies, go to the kitchen. when it doubt, something with sugar. not too much but just a little bit of sugar. everybody's going to get candy. that makes everybody happy. ♪ i want candy i want candy ♪ i feel a conspiracy. did someone actually say to you, throw toilet paper and make it really hard for me f >> we threw paper at her and
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squirted her with the water gun. >> who is that person? who is that person? who did that? why i ought to -- it's not a good idea with more than one child to let one disappear. you always have to sort of keep an eye on everybody. where did the boys go? are they in their rooms? come on let's check it out. i never lost a child. wait a minute, i'm missing somebody, one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine -- who's missing? >> quincy. >> quincy is missing. oh, boy! i think i lost a kid. lila! where are you? where's kaelin? have we hidden lila? did somebody hide here? you guys scared me. you scared me. oh, sweetheart. you're great. you're great, great, great. the thing about your first job, is that for the first time you actually realize there was something that you could do that
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was of value to someone else. i would say that in general kids kind of like me. >> you're not a good baby-sitter. >> i'm not? why not? what did i do? what did i mess up? >> you let us have chocolate cake. >> when i'm cooking, they like to eat my food. you want some? you want some? my number one goal is to keep them safe. i think you shouldn't do it often. you don't want to do that. whenever you choke put both hands up like that. and number two i want to make sure they're having fun. come on, show me. good job. turn on the tv. that's a good trick. but just for a little bit. and make sure nothing horrible or inappropriate is on television. >> hey! >> that is inappropriate. i could get more for
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baby-sitting. you kids are doing a great job. reading, bedtime is the magic. read a book, and then boom. they're asleep. clip clop, clip clop. turn off the light, honey. hi, hi. hi. you have wonderful children. baby-sitting taught me to love. love. and i think that that's the solution for everything. i think that's my lesson. anyway, it was a lot of fun, and we had many thanks for mr. and mrs. burke for letting us baby-sit their lovely children. and pretty much destroy their home. >> you baby-sat from 13 to 18. then why did you stop? >> i stopped because i was caught on the couch necking with my boyfriend. >> whoa! >> in my own defense, i w was -- --
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>> bring a friend over. the kids didn't see a thing, and i didn't expect -- >> yeah. >> you had a boyfriend. >> i was so embarrassed. >> i never went back. >> shocked! >> what was that about inappropriate behavior? >> oh, my gosh. >> so there you go. >> what are you doing friday night around 8:00? >> necking with my mups >> okay. >> i need a baby-sitter. >> that was great. >> natalie later on, we're going to see your first job. and tomorrow's al's turn. he's going to return to his roots. pricing at a grocery store. and dance man. so typical of al. that's going to be a lot of fun. up next, guys, step aside. why women are getting into the game of football and the fans and the front office right after this. look in the glove box. [ children laughing ] suitcase? huh? ♪ where do gummy bears hide?
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janet shamlian is here with more on that. >> good morning. any football stadium at any nfl game and you're going to see the rising presence of the female fan. now almost 50% of the nfl fan base. but women are also taking a greater role in nfl operations. nowhere is that more on display than right here in the city of new orleans. when you think of women in the nfl, this may be what comes to mind. but in new orleans, this young woman is the face of the franchise. >> he can sit here. >> reporter: on the sidelines rita benson leblanc could easily be mistaken for a cheerleader. but the 33-year-old is part owner. and executive vice president of the new orleans saints. >> the saints football, to me it's the american dream. it's what you accomplish together with people that you really care about and that you love playing with. and that's worth watching. >> reporter: with a blackberry
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in hand and a piece of jewelry from last season's super bowl many men would covet, this girl next door is comfortable in her own skin and not angling to join the boy's club. the granddaughter of saints principal owner tom benson, she's next in line to take over the team. and she'll do just about anything to promote it. >> see you later! >> reporter: rappelling down a 26-story building for a special olympics charity event last month. if you're talking women in the nfl, you've got to check out the saints. >> whoo! >> reporter: women are reshaping the face of football. 6 million attended games last year. and the league's fastest growing business? women's apparel. >> used to be just big, bulky stuff, and women are curvier, so we need something more geared towards us. >> reporter: in new orleans, the nfl has opened the first of its kind women's boutique. from bikinis to bling, the concept could expand to other cities. >> women definitely are the gatekeepers in most households. so when you look at it from a
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business perspective, it just makes sense to engage these women. but at the same time, we're better serving them as fans. >> reporter: who said football isn't pretty? as the league embraces fashion, and the changing face of an american pastime. and this is what the merchandise looks like. today it's a little more tailored. a little bit of bling. and matt, if you're watching from the pool -- >> come on. how much -- >> reporter: i asked about it, they didn't have the speedo, i'm sorry. >> thank you, i appreciate that. janet shamlian, thank you very much. rita benson leblanc is the part owner and executive vice president of the saints. nice to see you, rita. >> nice to be here. thank you for being here. >> we're thrilled to be here. let me read you some descriptions i read about you. batten down the hatches, one of the most powerful women in professional sports and the youngest, sassiest and sexiest owner of an nfl franchise. how do you plead? >> i guess guilty. i learned from my grandfather. so he's an older version, but
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from new orleans, we dance, we laugh, everything we live through here, but especially winning the super bowl. there was nothing that brought my family greater pleasure than to bring that super bowl victory back to the city of new orleans. >> you get a lot of attention for a lot of reasons. is it a good thing for women and football? >> i think so. i think any attention is channeled in a positive way. so obviously, we use this incredible kickoff to showcase new orleans' economic development, everything that's happening in louisiana and the greater gulf south region. obviously we've had the issues with the storm, and the oil spill, but we have strong, resilient people that work together as a team just like the football. >> you learned this business from the ground up. you took on a lot of different roles in this family organization and franchise. if you were talking to a group of young ladies today, would you say pro football offers good career opportunities for them? >> i would say that -- >> or is it tough? >> it's a lifestyle. it's not a 9:00 to 5:00 job. so anyone who is involved in sports, obviously i'm biased,
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the nfl is the greatest sport in america and the world, but it takes an incredible commitment. you have to be self-aware. i think that's important for any role that you choose. but know that it is a massive commitment. >> rita, who is going to win tonight? >> we are. >> good to see you. no doubt about it. nice to have you. >> thank you. very good to see you. >> we appreciate it. we're going to have much more ahead from the big easy and new york cities on a thursday morning right a >> live, local, latebreaking. this is wbal-tv 11 news today in baltimore. >> good morning. i am mindy basara. here is sarah caldwell and traffic pulse 11. >> heavy delays at fort mchenry. if you are heading southbound, consider harbor tunnel as your alternate. there is an accident just beyond fort mchenry. it is creating heavy delays just passed toll plaza. we will show you the live view in a moment.
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we are working on an accident in the city at, and sharp streets. joppa road and walther boulevard, there is an accident. accident out of the northeast, very heavy property white marsh to the 895 split. northern parkway n. charles st., all traffic lights are out. 19 minutes is your drive time on the northeast side. here is a live view of a couple spots. we will start at accident scene. just past four mchenry tunnel, that accident off to the side. let's show you what it looks like prior to 4 mckendrick. parking lot is barely moving approaching the fort mchenry told to the tunnel. now we check in with county. >> weather is nice at least. big change and the temperature department. yesterday we were in the 90's. it dropped into the fifties this morning. we are still there in a few
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neighborhoods now. you might want to take a light jacket or sweater. it is going to be nice this afternoon high temperatures and the upper 70's. clouds will thicken up on saturday. hopefully we will get much- needed rain on saturday night and sunday. >> we will have another update at 8:55. i get to sleep faster, stay asleep and wake refreshed. melt to sleep fast. unisom sleep melts.
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♪ 8:30 now on a thursday morning. the 9th day of september, 2010.
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a little music from the streets of new orleans, the big easy, on this day that the saints set out to defend their super bowl championship. and to say this team and this city is excited would be a major understatement. here in new orleans, i'm matt lauer, along with al roker, on a hot, humid morning here in the crescent city. meredith and ann are back up in new york. i think along with natalie, as well. they're outside -- or meredith and ann. it's a little cooler up there. >> it's absolutely beautiful here. thinking of cool -- you and al did something cool while you were in new orleans. >> we got to do -- actually i didn't get to do it. al got to live what is really a lifelong dream. he had always wanted to drive the street car, and he got to do it yesterday. >> i got to, one of the historic street cars here in new orleans. so exciting. had a great time. we're going to show that. and another part of new orleans, everybody talks about, that really is part of the fabric
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here, jazz. we're going to take you to a neighborhood in new orleans where they say jazz was born. it's also the basis for a new hbo series. we're going to tell you about how music is the life blood of this community. >> meredith and ann? >> thanks so much, guys. by the way, we've got a very special guest here. we've got josh brolin. he's one of the stars of "wall street." great to have you here. josh, you were, of course you talked to matt back in may when the movie opened. i >> compadid. >> and i want to mention people squealed. >> they what? >> they squealed. they were excited. >> that's good. >> you play a snake in the movie, is that right? >> yeah, i do. i guess i do play kind of a snake. for what happened in september of '08 and the big implosion of the economy and all that and i represent everything bad that's happened. >> and you worked with oliver stone again?
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>> yes. i did. >> is that wonderful? >> it is, actually. oliver has this reputation that's kind of chaotic. i think he's an amazing guy. we had a great guy. really proud of that movie and i think this movie is going to be great. >> i want to ask you about michael douglas. because you know -- >> when you heard the news what was your reaction? >> i've known michael since i was kid. you know, there was a long history there. i talk to him. i saw him yesterday. he looks great. >> that's wonderful. >> he's a great character. you know. if anybody can survive it. >> he's a fighter, that's for sure. >> for sure. >> so are you. great pleasure. >> thank you very much. >> thank you. >> money never sleeps. >> thank you. >> let's head back to matt and al. >> all right. thank you very much. you know, not only is tonight the start of the season for the saints and the vikings, also the start for football night in america here on nbc. tony dungy and rodney harrison are two of the hosts.
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good morning, nice to see you both. >> good morning. >> thanks for waking up early. this was the championship game in the nfc last year, the saints and the vikings. do we have the two best teams in that conference playing tonight? >> not necessarily. it remains to be seen. everybody can jump on the saints bandwagon. they've got a great team. but it's tough to repeat. >> you've been in this position where you come back as the super bowl defending champ. what's going through the players heads tonight as they get ready for this game? >> i don't think for the saints this is a sense of complacency. i think this team is very excited to get back to norm. i've been walking the streets of new orleans and they've been very excited all the fans. i live in atlanta but i'm from chicago. everybody across the country, they're very excited about the saints and the start of the nfl season. >> tony, between now and kickoff, brett favre can retire and come back two or three more times probably. how big a story line is he in the nfl this year? >> brett favre i think is the key to the vikings season. they did a lot to talk him into coming back. they feel like he's the key to their success.
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and minnesota's one of the favorites. they've got to deal with green bay in their nifgs. but favre has to play well for them to get where they want to be, and that's the super bowl. >> you've got a lot of really premiere match-ups coming up this season on football night. >> we do. and i'm very excited about the manning match-ups. you look at the two brothers. they both won a super bowl. now it's time to see which manning brother, is it peyton or is it eli. >> good luck. good season to you. the kickoff special on nbc. tony dungy, rodney harrison. thank you. mr. roker, how about a check of the weather? >> let's show you what's happening as far as your weekend is concerned. for tomorrow, on saturday we're looking at sunshine up and down the eastern seaboard. showers, ohio river valley down to the gulf coast. western two thirds of the country going to be fabulous. then sunday, sunday! we're looking at lots of showers in the northeast, all up and down the eastern seaboard. sunny and hot conditions in texas all the way into the southwest. showers along the gulf coast.
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more showers manuf >> nice, cool start this thursday. 15 degrees cooler than yesterday. it will feel like autumn, wit >> and don't forget you can check your weather any time of the day or night. go to the weather channel on cable or online. meredith? >> all right, al. find out what it was like when you learned how to drive a new orleans street car with matt along for the ride. but first, this is "today" on nbc.
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everyone knows a fee is a tax. you raised some taxes during that period, particularly the property tax as well as a lot of fee increases. as you know, there's a big difference between fees and taxes. but...they're the same. it's a tax. it's a tax. it's a tax. it's a tax. there's a big difference between fees and taxes. fees and taxes are one in the same. if it comes out of my pocket, it's a tax. now he says it isn't true. we didn't raise taxes. what? still doing the same thing, paying out more money. typical politician. definitely.
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one of the real iconic images of new orleans, of course, is the street car. and as the son of a bus driver i have always wanted to drive one of these things. >> you're not kidding. this has been a lifelong dream. >> absolutely. >> on this show we like to make dreams come true. take a look at what happened when my buddy al jumped behind the wheel. the big easy inspires supersize passion. from its hot sounds. to its excontractic tastes. it's no place for holding back. >> stella! >> reporter: in "a streetcar named desire" tennessee williams introduced america to the heart-pounding potential of new orleans. today, the streetcar that served as williams' mousse still carries 5 million city passengers a year. it is the oldest, continuous streetcar service in the world.
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>> the iconic, matter of fact, if you look at it, any of the items in the city, very recognizable, i guarantee you streetcars are in the top three. >> reporter: the saint charles line is on the national register of historic places. committed to preserving the car's essential role in the history of the city, they cannot be replaced. instead, they are maintained with painstaking care at the carrollton transit station. and as the streetcars course their way through new orleans, the desire to drive one has always run through my friend al roker. >> this is going to be a dream come true. >> reporter: train instructor clarence tried to pass on some of his 29 years of experience in just a couple of minutes. >> this is your controller. the controller has eight points. the most important part is right here. push it to your right.
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>> that's going to stop it? >> that's going to stop it. >> it seeps complicated but it's really not. it's just like taking candy from a baby. >> if the baby was a giant car that's carrying 80 people. >> reporter: well short of the eight-week instruction most conductors get, we got under way. if he's driving i need air bags or seat belts, one of the two. >> we're going to stop at the corner, all right? >> if there's problems, concerns or questions, call. my concern is that my driver's had four minutes of training. >> oh. oh. >> that's okay. you're learning. >> al was a quick study at the controls. >> i love you, street car. >> and so we boldly took on some unsuspecting passengers >> i'm matt, i'll be your host today. this is clarence, your driver is al. how are you? nice to see you. all right, al. >> there you go.
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>> we've run some red lights. >> feel the stop. >> ooh. >> smooth as a what? baby's behind. yeah. thank you. >> with his soft touch on the brakes, al was a solid hit with the ridership. but my run as a back seat driver finally jumped the tracks. >> -- by the compressor or something. can you check that out? >> by the what? >> by the compressor in the middle of the car. >> hey, hey! al! roker! >> just wasn't nice. >> i think brando, i think of you. >> stella! >> we've got a lot more coming up for new orleans. but first, this is "today" on nbc.
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my commute home to the eastern shore every night only takes an hour but that's more time than congress spends reading massive spending bills, it's crazy. that's why i wrote a law that requires 72 hours to read every bill. i read the big bills and i said no. no to the $3 trillion budget, no to the bank bailout, and no to the health care bill. at home you would never pay a bill without reading it neither should congress. i'm frank kratovil and i approve this message because i'm proud to be
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ranked one of the most independent members of congress. i'm not the kind of guy who likes to hang on the sidelines. today maryland is in trouble. we're worse off than we were four years ago. dangerous debt, higher taxes, not enough jobs. we need real leadership to turn this state around. fix the budget -- honestly. grow small businesses -- really. excellent schools -- everywhere. protect the bay -- finally. it's why i'm running. to make the state we love not just good but great.
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now let's get down to work. this morning on "today's pets," our resident animal jill rappaport is here with the bond between a young man and his dog even through the worst tragedy. good morning to you, jill. >> hi, meredith. this is really a bittersweet because john everhart was on his way home after spending a wonderful summer as a camp counselor. sadly, he never made it, but against all odds his beloved dog did. >> he was always laughing, and very outgoing kid. >> reporter: john chauncey everhart was known for his outgoing personality. his infectious sense of humor. and as his cousin put it, he was cool without trying. he was an honor student at university of virginia, working towards a double major in economics and history. >> liked to do well in the classroom. liked to do well, whatever he's
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doing. >> reporter: john loved fishing. he was a movie buff, and a music fanatic. bob dylan was a favorite. ♪ but most of all, john loved cody. >> he was just so enamored with his dog. they were really companions for life. >> reporter: what did cody do for your son? >> got him up in the morning. early in the morning, around the campus, and he's a chick magnet. >> reporter: john adopted bode a year ago from almost home pet adoption center in virginia. and there was no mistaking their irreplaceable bond. >> they were very close. the dog slept on the bed with john. >> reporter: but tragically, on august 15th, they became separated forever. john was on his way home to bethesda, maryland, from
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vermont, where he was working at a senior counselor at camp. he was traveling with a camp friend, and of course, his best friend bode, but on a curve john lost control of his car, and was killed instantly. >> that ending, never can move forward. and it's very difficult. and that's when i, you know, start crying. >> reporter: miraculously, 18-year-old elliot day, john's passenger, survived the crash. but bode had disappeared. >> everybody was looking for bode. i gave my word that we would do everything in our power to try to find the dog. >> reporter: now this is where the accident occurred on that rainy afternoon in august on route 80 in paterson, new jersey. an eyewitness saw bodhi literally ejected from the all. he darted across this busy highway during rush hour and miraculously he was found five days later in the woods with only a slight abrasion above his
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right eye. >> it's a miracle. the dog is lucky to be alive. >> reporter: and lucky to be back home with john's family in maryland. >> he went straight down the hall, and dropped on the floor in john's room. >> reporter: the bittersweet return of john's beloved dog is only intensified by this special water color of bodhi that jay had planned to give to his son for his first birthday. it was finished the day john was killed. >> john would have loved it. >> oh, yeah, really. >> reporter: and is he giving you any comfort on some sort of level? >> gets me out of bed in the morning. that's always a good thing. >> well, look at you. >> it was a little light, sort at the end of a very dark tunnel. incredibly sad. but -- >> something worked out in this tragedy, gives us a bit of solace. but it's very bittersweet, because it's impossible to be
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with bodhi and not think about john. >> now, john was an only child. and he would have turned 21 next month. >> thank you so much, jill. and much more from new york and new orleans but first this is "today" on nbc.
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welcome back to new orleans. we have spent so much time here in the past couple of weeks, soon we're going to have to pay local taxes. but al got to know one very special place. >> that's right, matt. there is a place just a few minutes from here that a lot of people say is the heart of new orleans. it's a neighborhood called treme and they say that jazz is deeply rooted and got its start right in this neighborhood. beyond the bustle of bourbon street, nestled among these quiet roads lies a small neighborhood that embodies the spirit of new orleans. treme. >> this is treme. >> treme. >> this is treme. >> a community both rich in history and tradition, it's one of the oldest african-american neighborhoods in the country. >> new orleans history is here. >> reporter: settled by free people of color in the 18th
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century, treme became a haven for artists and musicians. >> the roots of music in new orleans go back to the square in treme. that's where africans on sundays would play traditional music and dance traditional dances. >> reporter: some say treme is where jazz was born. people here take pride in that history and on any given night, that brass band tradition is in full swing. it's standing room only at the candlelight lounge, and the music is infectious. ♪ >> it's kind of like being in the church and the country all at the same time. the music moves you so. ♪ when the saints won the super bowl ♪ ♪ oh, yes the saints won that super bowl ♪ >> reporter: music is the lifeblood of this community. trombonist glen david andrews grew up in treme. he comes from a family of
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musicians, and like most kids here, he dreamed of being one himself. ♪ >> reporter: residents of treme regularly take to the streets in celebration as part of a musical tradition known as second lining. >> here the dance and the music go hand in hand. >> reporter: this colorful neighborhood is now the backdrop for an hbo show called "treme." longtime resident and trumpeteer kermit is part of the cast. >> it's really been delightful, because people finally realizing how sweet and great this culture is. >> reporter: along with great music, treme is known for its great food. several family-run restaurants serve up the best grub in new orleans, creole style. >> today we have pot roast, fried chicken, gumbo, white beans, rice, barbecue chicken. >> it's soul food.
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the best that i've ever tasted. >> reporter: dizzy's is a corner restaurant that's been serving up comfort food for decades. >> who is a first timer? >> reporter: locals flock here for breakfast, lunch, and to catch up with other folks in this tightly knit community. a community now reaching out to the next generation, teaching kids to play the music that's been pouring from these streets for countless years. >> really a sense of tradition. >> reporter: helping to ensure the music never stops. and we want to let you know the new orleans jazz and heritage foundation, along with a preservation hall jazz band they're behind those music classes. each week they teach young kids all about the history of jazz and the importance of traditional new orleans music. >> what do you say, mr. roker, we do a little fly-by on the way to the airport? >> i think we're going to send
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jim bell, our executive producer to establish a beachhead. he's going to get the table for us. >> very good. all right. when we come back, speaking of food, we're going to do a little tailgating big easy style. meredith and natalie? >> all right. natalie's going to show us her first job working at a pet store.
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>> live, local, latebreaking. this is wbal-tv 11 news today in baltimore. >> good morning. i am mindy basara. a teenage girl has been indicted on charges of murder and attempted armed robbery. prosecutors said that 14-shot a 44-year-old back on august 13 after he escaped her attempts to rob him. he died a week later. the girl's 18-year-old mother was indicted as an
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>> now let's look at the forecast with tony pann. >> obviously a big change from yesterday. temperatures have dropped to bottom-like levels. we will make it into the up -- autumn-like levels. we will make it into the upper seventies. beautiful day on friday. the clouds will thicken up on saturday. hopefully we will get much- needed rain on saturday night and sunday. i know it is the tail end of the weekend, we could use the rain. weekend, we could use the rain. >> we will have another update
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everyone knows a fee is a tax. you raised some taxes during that period, particularly the property tax as well as a lot of fee increases. as you know, there's a big difference between fees and taxes. but...they're the same.

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